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Give Some Thought to Volunteering

Living and working in Hudson and Stow, Ohio, for the past 28 years, I have come to appreciate all the beautiful things about these communities. In particular, I greatly appreciate the number of people who volunteer their time and talent for worthwhile organizations.  

In the past, volunteering was for stay-at-home moms or retirees. I am happy to share there are ample opportunities for every age, from teenagers to seniors. While some options require extensive training and time, others require showing up once or twice a month to help with a project. In the COVID-19 world we live in today; some can even be completed virtually.

Below is a partial list of area volunteer opportunities. I hope one or more will appeal to you:

  • Hudson Job Search: Our mission is to help individuals who live in NEO find employment after losing a job. I serve as an advisor to clients. 
     
  • Parkinson's Foundation: Although this organization is based in Columbus, they have local and regional volunteer opportunities. This is a cause that's near and dear to my heart as my mother suffers from PD.  
     
  • Alzheimer's Association: These volunteers are passionate, inspired, and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. You can donate your time a few hours or several hours per week, depending on the position.
     
  • Humane Society of Summit County: If you love animals, this may be the position for you! Volunteers can be as young as 14 years old. All volunteers must give a minimum of 4 hours per month or 24 hours over six months.
     
  • Summa Health: They offer both adult and teen volunteer opportunities with various tasks, scheduling options, and skill requirements available.
     
  • Summit Metro Parks: Volunteering at Summit Metro Parks is a satisfying way of giving back to your community while enjoying the beauty of the parks. There are many ways you can help care for your parks, from drop-in service days to ongoing volunteer opportunities.

By the way, this is not an all-inclusive list but is meant to cover different areas in which you may have an interest -- if you don't see an organization on this list, email or call them. They may be thrilled to know you are interested in helping out.

Perhaps you can do one of these activities  for those who cannot do it for themselves 
 

  • Weedmulch, and plant flowers in your neighbor's garden

  • Bring someone who's homebound a meal  

  • Take your elderly neighbor to their doctor's appointment or run to the store for them 

  • If you are handy, fix a leaky faucet, clean off the deck, or repaint a room.  

 

Benefits of Volunteering

 

According to research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health volunteers:

  • Spend 38% fewer nights in the hospital
  • Enjoy better health
  • Have more stamina and
  • Have lower stress levels.

Also, giving your time and talent can help lead to a new career, according to Next Avenue, a website dedicated to keeping the 50+ age population active and growing. 

However, given all this, I feel it is essential to find a cause you are passionate about when weighing your volunteer opportunities. Most of all, please remember that many non-profit organizations would not be able to stay in business if they did not have the love and support of volunteers.

 

Happy Volunteering from Mulligan Management Group
 

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